Say the Black, do the Red

Sometimes I hear the parishoners at my parish say, Father S is too strict, he doesn't allowances for the modern church, and I dont understand why he can't do such and such. Well here is an example of a priest who felt his opinion was more valuable to his flock than what the Church teaches.


The consequences of invalid baptisms

Back in 2004, Archbishop John Bathersby wrote to Fr Peter Kennedy, parish priest of St Mary's, South Brisbane, to ask that he comply with Redemptionis Sacramentum, follow the liturgical norms and stop baptising people "in the Name of the Creator and of the Liberator and of the Sustainer". They were doing this to make the sacrament "more inclusive, less patriarchal." Fr Kennedy begged to differ from the Bishop's suggestion that he had been baptising invalidly. (see Brisbane Archbishop stops "inclusive" baptism)

Well the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith begs to differ from Fr Kennedy: Responsa ad Proposita Dubia de validitate baptismatis 1 Feb 2008. The original is in Latin; here is the official English translation: More


Linda said...

I don't believe in "modernizing"/changing the church, or anything like that. Some things are what they are. Well of course one can interpret the Bible (for instance) in many different ways and it is true that times change. But you can not join a football team and make everybody play chess. Then you'll have to start your own chess team.

de Brantigny said...

I actuallity the Church says very little aout how the Bible has to be interpreted. The passage on Baptism is not one of those.

Truth is absolute though. The times change but truth is a constant.

My French brothers and sisters would say The more things change the more they remain the same.

de Brantigny